I've been blogging now for nearly four years and in all that time I have come across many arrogant and opinionated people. I have also come across some lovely people and made many good friendships in the process. But sometimes, it's the arrogant and opinionated people who overwhelm the joys of this incredibly sociable network and make me realise that some don't enjoy online communities as much as I do. Confrontation is something I abhor and I will always turn away from, so when someone makes me feel stupid and in the wrong I tend to clam up. But occasionally my inner strength rises to the surface and my instinct to ignore becomes something of an issue when I find myself being "virtually flogged".
Making friends is something I get little chance to do living in such a remote area, which is why I love blogging and other social networking sites so much. I'd like to think I'm a friendly type of person even though my confidence is easily knocked. I enjoy the competition that blogging brings and I love finding new blogs to read and follow. Being a member of Twitter has opened many doors for me and introduced me to a world of new experiences. I'm not a weak person nor am I a doormat. I might not be the sharpest tool in the box, but I do know when to avoid a confrontational situation which may damage my reputation as someone just trying to get on in life; someone just wanting to be normal, eager to join in and make friends. Blogging and social networking isn't a hard cookie to crumble but it can sometimes cause misinterpretation, misunderstanding and misguidance. I'm just me; a mum, a writer, a farmer and a wife. But I intend to achieve something in my life, something worth fighting for, something worth working damned hard for. And I won't let arrogance and opinions pull me back from the life I intend to lead.
I work really hard on my blog, trying to publish posts as often as I can, even though I am desperately trying to prepare my book for submission. The blogging part all adds to the marketing and promotion, as does social networking in general. No matter how opinionated people become, it will never stop me doing what I love. These past few weeks I have made many new friends in the blogging world and discovered that my sheltered life in the sticks is actually pretty exciting. And that's why I have decided to write this post; I refuse to be intimidated anymore by people who think their opinions are more important than my own. This is my life and if I can help others to enjoy and appreciate the benefits of what I love doing, then I will. My new years resolution: make the inner strength, stronger.